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“I am so grateful to have had Jann as my Step-Mother. Observing her mother my sisters Lindsey and Sarah provide me a model of how to be a good Mother...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Lisa Noble - Shelby Township, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. Jann was exactly how you described her, and so much more. I miss my office buddy, that became a true friend of mine,...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Heather Robertson - Ray, MI

“I'm so sorry Paul for you and family, and Sorry I couldn't be there.Jan will be in our prayers. You have Larry and my, deepest sympathy.will be in...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Barbara Barczyk - Friend

“Iam very sorry I didn't get to know Jann more. Love and prayers to Paul,Lindsey, Sarah, Lisa and family ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Cathy Andrews Deyo - MI - Family

“I very sorry I didn't get to know Jann more. Love and prayers to Paul,Lindsey, Sarah Lisa and family ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Cathy Andrews Deyo - MI - Family

“On Friday night I called Otto to tell him of Janet's passing. Before I could utter a word, Otto excitedly told me that he had just witnessed one...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Debra Horger - Sterling Heights, MI

Janet Sue Smith, age 72 of Clinton Township, died Friday, March 8, 2019 at Medilodge of Shoreline in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She was born July 28, 1946 in Detroit, daughter of the late Harvey and the late Doris (nee: Coleman) Moore.

When people asked Janet "Jann" Smith what her greatest accomplishment was, she answered "my children." More than anything else, she cherished her children and the friendship that bloomed as they became adults themselves. She was often the first per son her children called when something exciting happened or when they needed a listening ear or when they weren't doing much at all. Jann was a loving and dedicated wife. Despite the ups and downs of marriage, if she were able to answer, she'd tell you she would gladly marry Paul all over again. His "Janie" was madly in love with him until the end.

She was thrilled to find out that she would be a grandmother and for the short time she was able to actively participate in the lives of her grandchildren, she delighted them with her love and silliness.

Jann often used to say that even if she were stranded on a deserted island, she'd never get bored. She prided herself on being silly, and it was not uncommon to see her picking up a banana and pretending to use it as a phone to talk about whomever else was in the room, adults included, in some teasing way. She made herself and others laugh often, and laughed easily at herself and her quirks when her family teased her. Playing board or card games with family and friends were some of her favorite pastimes. She almost always whooped everyone else at her favorite game, Perquackey. She was extraordinarily intelligent and insightful; people often turned to her for her wisdom and she loved supporting friends and family whenever they needed it.

Jann used to say that if past lives were possible, she must have been a detective. She loved true crime shows and books, police and legal procedural dramas, mystery novels, and Judge Judy. She also loved opers and would play Pavarotti's Greatest Hits or the Three Tenors concert recording when she cleaned. She also enjoyed watching & playing tennis, playing golf, and was pretty darn impressive as a bowler until her body wouldn't let her do that anymore.

Perhaps most significantly, Jann was always able to see the best in everyone. When her children were younger she used to volunteer as a lunch mom and recess monitor. The "tough nuts to crack" were her favorite students to give extra love to, and these kids would follow her around at recess to spend more time with her because she could always see what others couldn't. She was a class act who always knew how to make people feel valued and special, whether it was a clerk at a store or an old friend. She will be remembered warmly by all who knew her, and her children will be certain to bring her to life for her grandchildren with fond stories of the fantastic and beautiful person she was.

Janet was the beloved wife of Paul Curtis Smith. Dearest mother of Lindsey (Troy) Smith-Mann, Sarah (Matthew) Duco, and Lisa (Scott) Noble. Loving grandmother of Jack, Michael, Malachi, Selah, Micaiah, Irene, and Ezekiel. Dear sister of the late Marilynn Baker. Aunt of Stacy, Patrick, and Charlie "Butchie," and cherished friend of Rebecca Brown and mother-in-law, Gloria Smith.

Visitation for Janet will be held Tuesday, March 12th from 4-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

Her Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, March 13th at the funeral home with Deacon Michael Lang, Sr. officiating. The family welcomes guests from 9:00 am until time of the service at 11:00 am.

The family wishes to thank the nurses, CNA's, and staff of Medilodge of Shoreline for taking such good care of their mother, and Seasons Hospice for helping to make her passing so peaceful. A special thank you is also extended to all those who took the time to care for their Mom and visit her during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033 (

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